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Doug Briggs, Ph.D., CSCS,*D, RSCC,*E is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) with Distinction and a Registered Strength & Conditioning Coach (RSCC), Emeritus, through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) and a NSCA Fly Solo Mentor. Doug was the NSCA 2014 Tactical Strength & Conditioning Facilitator of the Year and has been involved in strength and conditioning for over 30 years. He is a competitive Olympic weightlifter who won the 2002 and 2005 Pan American Masters Weightlifting Championships, setting a new Pan American Masters Snatch record in 2002. Doug has also won the 2005 and 2007 USA Weightlifting Masters National Championships. He was named male “Athlete of the Year” for the 2002 New Mexico State Games and “Athlete of the Month” for his participation in a 36-week International Natural Weightlifting Case Study sponsored by Flora Health. He has held over 100 state records in Olympic weightlifting.

Currently Doug is the Director of Human Performance for the U.S. Army activity at Fort Bliss, Texas. He is also a an Adjunct Associate Professor in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Texas-El Paso. Previously, Doug was a professor/instructor in the Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (PERD) Department at New Mexico State University. Subjects that he teaches, or has taught, include anatomy, motor development, principles of strength & conditioning, personal training, test & measurements, as well as beginning, intermediate, and advanced women’s and Olympic weightlifting. Doug has also written for numerous magazines including Pure Power Magazine, Bliss Now, and the Army Times, to name a few.

Previously Doug owned a Powerhouse Gym for 12 years and a personal training studio that became an Olympic-style weight training facility that produced numerous collegiate national champions and national level athletes. Doug has acted as an assistant coach for the men’s and women’s teams of USA Weightlifting at the World University and College Championships and the Young Louis Cyr Competition in Canada in 2000. He is a USA Weightlifting Regional Coach and has previously served as President for three terms, and as Secretary for the New Mexico Local Weightlifting Committee (LWC).

Doug has one son, Alexander Maximus, who was the world’s youngest registered weightlifter and competed in his first contest at the age of 11 months. Alexander currently trains with weights and plays college baseball.

Doug does not believe in the hype that surrounds the fitness industry or the promises of rapid weight-loss and massive muscle gains. In fact he states that 90-95 percent of the supplements on the market are garbage and an absolute waste of money. Doug tells it like it is with no hype. What he presents in this book is the culmination of 30 years of real-world experience from working the in the trenches of the fitness industry.

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